Sustainability

Assurance

Assurance

Sustainability Assurance

There is a lot at stake for you and your investors, customers, banks, ratings agencies, employees, and society at large.

Your stakeholders want to see transparency and progress—and high-quality ESG and climate disclosures published in accordance with recognized ESG standards and frameworks. Let us empower you during this critical time to become leaders in transparency through independent assurance.

We offer:

  • External ESG reporting and Assurance readiness – Understand the governance, risks, processes and controls you have in place for ESG data and metrics and reporting therein, and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Assurance frameworks – assure once for many – as shareholders, banks, ratings agencies, green bond holders and others require more assurance how can you do that in a robust and efficient way
  • Assurance review – Limited assurance over select ESG metrics or report as a whole
  • Assurance examination – Reasonable assurance over select ESG metrics or report as a whole

These services may improve your ability to meet stakeholders’ expectations for accurate and reliable disclosures while helping to reduce risks related to misleading or omitted disclosures and avoiding non-compliance with laws and regulations. Obtaining assurance also gives management and the board greater confidence in the completeness and accuracy of your ESG disclosures to enable them and to be confident in what they are representing to the various stakeholders.

Insights

Please find our collection of insights on assurance below.

How do supervisory boards address climate change?

In response to a recent global survey on the topic, supervisory board members from across Europe tuned in to an online round table discussion, with two keynote speakers, about their role in the fight against climate change. With new reporting standards taking shape, education is essential.

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Quantifying climate change-related credit risk in banking

It is increasingly important for banks to measure the financial risks related to climate change. Financial regulators consider climate risk as an emerging risk. Banks are expected to incorporate climate risk in their risk management practices. Furthermore, multiple regulators have announced stress tests on climate risk. Once specific climate risks are identified, how can risk managers quantify these in their loan portfolios?

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Get ready for climate-related risk disclosures

Investors, regulators and other stakeholders increasingly demand non-financial information disclosures. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) responds to the growing demand for non-financial information disclosures on the high impact of climate change on organisations. The TCFD stresses the importance for financial stakeholders of understanding organisations’ climate-related risks and opportunities.

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Climate risk disclosure considerations

Climate change is happening faster than anticipated. Our planet, society and economy are already being affected and climate science shows us the risks are real. Organisations must therefore urgently address and disclose their climate risks. It is time to act. Our key questions and suggested first steps will help organisations to prepare for robust climate risk disclosures.

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Climate-related risk: start small and be a learning organisation

Climate change brings about risks and opportunities for all organisations. Understanding what they are and being able to quantify them is essential—not only for an organisation’s continuity, but also for external stakeholders, including investors and regulatory bodies. But where to start?

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Measure and monitor: Getting unstuck on the journey to net zero

Jacques Buith reflects on “Europe’s turning point: Accelerating new growth on the path to net zero”, and how to ensure climate-change commitments are met. Buith is Deloitte’s Global Lead Partner for the United Nations.

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